"Thrilling Stories of the Railway" contains five 15 Minute Episodes of Mystery Audio Reading written by Church of England clergyman & author, Victor Lorenzo Whitechurch (1868-03-12 to 1933-05-25).
V.L. Whitechurch wrote many novels of different themes (including religious books & novels set in the church), but he is probably best known for his detective stories featuring Thorpe Hazell, which were featured in Strand Magazine, Railway Magazine, Pearson's & Harmsworth's Magazines.
Hazell was a vegetarian railway detective, whom the author intended to be as far from Sherlock Holmes as possible. Another character was the spy, Captain Ivan Koravitch.
Whitechurch's stories were admired by Ellery Queen & Dorothy L. Sayers for their "...immaculate plotting and factual accuracy: he was one of the first writers to submit his manuscripts to Scotland Yard for vetting as to police procedure...." (SOURCE: Wikipedia)
These truly are five stories worth the 75 minute listening time it will take you to hear all of them! * def gp ddh
September 4, 2012 Subject:
Very nice stories that move right along. They have a light touch - nothing dark to them. These are stories you can give a rest and then go back and listen to again.
May 4, 2011 Subject:
Yet another Sherlock Holmes connection
The reader of these stories is none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, star of BBC TV's new series Sherlock. They were first broadcast on BBC radio about 2008-'09. He is indeed superb.
Reviewer:Donald Motley -
May 2, 2011 Subject:
Excellent short amateur-sleuth stories
These are not acted from a script by a cast, but are short stories read by one voice-actor who is superb, breaking from the narrative into a different voice and accent for each character, every one completely convincing.
The stories are in, and fully worthy of, the Sherlock Holmes tradition, though they are shorter and simpler. Slyly funny moments come from the contrast between the protagonist's enthusiasm for wholesome living and the decadent habits of the famed Conan Doyle hero.
The announcer at the start of episode 2 indicates that the five 15-minute shows were a one-week daily series.